Hugh Laurie

Actor, Writer
After gaining notice in his native England as a writer and sketch comedy performer, actor Hugh Laurie would eventually make his name as a gifted dramatic actor in the United States. As a member of the Footlights Club at ... Read more »
Born: 06/10/1959 in Oxford, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (59)

The Night Manager 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Veep 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mr. Pip 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Watts (Actor)

FOX's 25th Anniversary Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

House 2008 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Oranges 2012 (Movie)

David Walling (Actor)

Arthur Christmas 2011 (Movie)

Steve (Voice)

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Hop 2011 (Movie)

E.B.'s Dad (Voice)

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross 2008 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 (Movie)

Dr Cockroach Ph.D (Voice)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad TV 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Street Kings 2008 (Movie)

Captain James Biggs (Actor)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The British Academy Film Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2006 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Valiant 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Gutsy (Voice)

The Flight of the Phoenix 2004 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

MI-5 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

Mr Little (Actor)

Blackadder: Back & Forth 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Girl From Rio 2001 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Maybe Baby 2001 (Movie)

Sam Bell (Actor)

Carnivale 1999 (Movie)

of Cenzo (Voice)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

Mr Little (Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackadder Back and Forth 1998 (Movie)

Viscount George Bufton-Tufton (Actor)

Cousin Bette 1998 (Movie)

Baron Hector Hulot (Actor)

Friends 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spice World 1998 (Movie)

Poirot (Actor)

The Borrowers 1998 (Movie)

Officer Steady (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1998 (Movie)

King's Adviser (Actor)

101 Dalmatians 1996 (Movie)

Jasper (Actor)

Jeeves & Wooster IV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sense and Sensibility 1995 (Movie)

Mr Palmer (Actor)

Jeeves and Wooster, Series III 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Pin for the Butterfly 1993 (Movie)

Uncle (Actor)

Jeeves and Wooster, Series II 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter's Friends 1992 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Jeeves & Wooster 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Blackadder's Christmas Carol 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Strapless 1990 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

Mrs. Capper's Birthday 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Plenty 1985 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Young Visiters (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

After gaining notice in his native England as a writer and sketch comedy performer, actor Hugh Laurie would eventually make his name as a gifted dramatic actor in the United States. As a member of the Footlights Club at Cambridge, Laurie was able to hone comedic chops that later served him well on such British shows as "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" (BBC2/BBC1, 1989-1995), "Jeeves and Wooster" (ITV, 1990-93), and the famed "Blackadder" series. He made his feature film debut in Emma Thompson's "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), which she adapted and starred in. Making strides in Hollywood via kiddie movies, he appeared in "101 Dalmatians" (1996) and "Stuart Little" (1999). Despite years of steady work on both sides of the pond, Laurie remained an unknown to most Americans until he landed the leading role on the hit series "House, M.D." (Fox, 2004-2012), in which he played the misanthropic, cantankerous Dr. Gregory House. For several seasons, Laurie portrayed the Vicodin-riddled genius able to diagnose rare diseases using unorthodox means with flair, turning Dr. House into one of the most complex and well-liked characters in small screen history. Over the years, he earned numerous awards and nominations for the role, which allowed the previously unknown Laurie to become a beloved American fixture on television.

Relationships

Joanne Green

Wife
Married June 16, 1989

Rebecca Laurie Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 10, 1993; mother, Joanne Green; had a role in the film "Wit" (2001) as five-year-old Vivian Bearing

William Laurie

Father
Was a competitive oarsman at Cambridge Won an Olympic gold medal in the Coxless pairs at the 1948 London Games Deceased

Patricia Laurie

Mother
Died of a motor neurone disease when Hugh was 29

William Laurie

Son
Born in January 1991; mother, Joanne Green

Charles Laurie

Son
Born in November 1988; mother, Joanne Green

Charles Laurie

Brother

Susan Laurie

Sister

Janet Laurie

Sister

Emma Thompson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated while both attended Cambridge

EDUCATION

Eton College

Dragon School

Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Member of the Footlights Club; served as president in his senior year

Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Member of the Footlights Club; served as president in his senior year

Milestones

2011

Voiced the character Steve in the animated feature "Arthur Christmas"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in Drama Series

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Drama

2011

Voiced the character of E.B.'s (Russell Brand) dad in the animated feature "Hop"

2009

Voiced Dr. Cockroach, Ph.D., a mad scientist with the head of a cockroach, in the computer-animated 3-D feature, "Monsters vs. Aliens"

2008

Co-starred with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker in "Street Kings"

2004

Starred with Dennis Quaid in "Flight of the Phoenix"

2004

Landed breakthrough role as Dr. Gregory House on the Fox medical drama "House"

2003

Starred in and directed ITV's comedy-drama series "Fortysomething"

2002

Guest starred on two episodes of the spy thriller series "Spooks" (BBC1)

2002

Reprised the role of Mr. Little for "Stuart Little 2"

2001

Portrayed Vincente Minnelli in the ABC TV movie "Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows"

1999

Played Mr. Little in "Stuart Little" based on the book by E.B. White

1998

Cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, as the King's Advisor in "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1996

Starred in the Disney classic "101 Dalmatians"

1995

Co-starred in "Sense and Sensibility," adapted by and starring Emma Thompson

1992

Joined the ensemble cast in Kenneth Branagh's "Peter's Friends"

1990

Co-starred in the PBS/BBC adaptation of P G Wodehouse's "Jeeves & Wooster" series; series also co-starred Stephen Fry

1990

Cast as Lt. George in the English comedy series "Blackadder Goes Forth" (BBC)

1987

Cast as Prince Regent on the BBC comedy series "Black Adder the Third"

1987

Co-wrote and co-starred in the English sketch comedy series "A Bit of Fry and Laurie" with Stephen Fry (BBC)

1987

American TV debut on the PBS presentation of "Mrs. Capper's Birthday"

1986

Regularly performed on the English comedy series "Saturday Live" (ITV)

1985

Made feature acting debut in "Plenty"

1982

Co-wrote and performed in two seasons of his first English TV series "Alfresco"

1982

Made English TV debut with the Footlight show "The Cellar Tapes"

Starred in the series "LWT's South of Watford"

Was a member of the Footlights Club, a theater group at Cambridge which included Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry

Bonus Trivia

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In the late 1990s, Laurie concluded he was clinically depressed, a diagnosis that was later confirmed in analysis and treated successfully.

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In addition to his comedy writing, acting, and musical talents, Laurie was also a published fiction author. His first novel, the thriller The Gun Seller was released in 1996 and became a best seller. His follow-up The Paper Soldier was slated for a September 2007 release, but was indefinitely delayed.

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"Hugh's a novelist, he's a piano player, he's a comedian, and he rides a motorcycle!" – producer Bryan Singer on Laurie, quoted in People, April 11, 2005

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"I usually feel slightly embarrassed, slightly humiliated and I slink away like a man who has come out with his pants off." – Laurie on his emotional state after filming a scene for "House" (Fox) to Rolling Stone, March 2007

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In a October 2007 interview with Australia’s Sydney Daily Telegraph, Laurie admitted he was "drained" after several years of working on the Fox medical drama "House" and that he suffered from mild depression.

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"I think being moody is part of my nature. Though looking back, I think I am much less moody and depressed now than when I was 25. Gradually I've mellowed. I was probably depressed all the time back then." – Laurie quoted in Playboy magazine, February 2009

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